You need a good vector graphics program, such as Corel Designer or Adobe
Illustrator. These programs will import the PDF and maintain the vector
data. Then you can edit the graphic any way you want  and export a new
graphic that you can reference in FM.

You can't do your job without the proper tools, and this is one of the
tools that you need.


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-----Original Message-----
[mailto:framers-bounces at] On Behalf Of Deirdre
Sent: Friday, October 10, 2008 6:31 AM
To: Combs, Richard
Cc: Framer's List
Subject: Re: Graphics in FM

Thanks Richard --

The original line drawings are coming ot me as PDFs.  I don't have
AutoCad or Katia or any of the other programs that the engineers have,
so I get the drawing as a PDF file.  I turn it into a jpg so I can erase
lines and words.

It would be nice to have the original vector drawing!

On 10/9/08, Combs, Richard <richard.combs at> wrote:
> Deirdre Reagan wrote:
> > In my documents, we use black and white line drawings exclusively.
> >
> > I've been cutting and pasting 200 pixels / inch bitmaps.  FM scrolls

> > through them very quickly.
> >
> > My colleagues import 300 pixels / inch jpgs.  Their jpgs are better 
> > quality but FM works very very slowly when scrolling past a page 
> > with a jpg.
> >
> > I just imported a PDF-ed graphic that was made from a 600 pixels / 
> > inch jpg.  It has the best resolution and FM scrolls through the 
> > page very quickly.
> >
> > So here's my question:  is there any downside to using the PDF-ed
> graphic?
> None at all. IMHO, PDFs are a great way to import graphics into FM.
> But here's a question back to you: Where are these line drawings 
> coming from?
> See, any graphic format described in terms of pixels or dots per inch
> (dpi) is what's called a bitmap (or raster) image -- that includes 
> BMP, JPG, PNG, and GIF. Its resolution is limited to whatever it was 
> created at (200, 300, 600 dpi). If you resize it (or zoom in), you 
> lose resolution.
> But line drawings are by nature vector images. That means they're not 
> defined in terms of a fixed resolution, but in terms of vectors -- 
> lines and arcs -- that can be scaled to any size without loss of
> If you're starting with a vector drawing (like from Adobe Illustrator 
> or Corel Draw), it's best not to turn it into a bitmap.
> Instead, make a PDF from the original vector drawing, and it will 
> still be a scalable vector drawing in PDF form. You'll really see the 
> difference if you zoom way in (say 800%) on a bitmap version and a 
> vector version of the same drawing.
> HTH!
> Richard
> Richard G. Combs
> Senior Technical Writer
> Polycom, Inc.
> richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
> 303-223-5111
> ------
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> 303-777-0436
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